A Review of 4 Years: Artist Marketing Resources Anniversary

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When I started this blog four years ago, someone said to me — “I don’t get it! Why would you do it for free?”

This is my response four years later: All my work blogging over the past 4 years has brought me so much, created content, promotional articles for artists, and shared opportunities to exhibit and sell art–while the entire time I continually researched and complied resources to provide to artists. My efforts have brought me so much! Many instances of making connections and contacts, developing my expertise, art sales, wonderful experiences, educational experiences, clients, cash donations, payments,gifts of art, and visibility, all come to mind.

My visibility via this blog also brought me an offer of a full scholarship to attend and complete an entrepreneurial Arts MBA graduate program.

Another past (and unsolicited) criticism I received on multiple occasion from a competitor who dropped in to leave an acidic *you’re too eclectic–you need to focus on one thing.” She’s wrong about that! Guess what? The head of the Arts MBA program told me that eclecticism is a sign of a true entrepreneurial spirit. So my eclecticism–articles, blogging, art, and online presence–marked me as an artist-entrepreneur, and brought that invitation to be one of the first to receive the Arts MBA scholarship ($30K USD).

Yes, I write arts journalistic articles, am a blogger, artist agent, art licensee, painter, and a poet. That’s me, who I am, and some of what I do. Those are the things I connect with and share on my blog.

Artist Marketing Resources blog now has over 20,800 followers and the Artist Marketing Resources LinkedIN group has over 2,400 member artists and art professionals.

Thanks to all the artists who have sent me notes of appreciation over the years and support this blog.

Happy 4th anniversary Artist Marketing Resources blog.

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Rejection Actually Makes You More Creative!

As an artist you have an independent mindset. You shrug off rejection and group thinking to go your own way.

When you do and experience more creative breakthroughs.

So, for you, a certain amount of rejection has positive results.

This is the conclusion of a study by research scientists at Cornell and John Hopkins University.

Read the article–Science Confirms The Obvious: Rejection Can Make You More Creative

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2012-10/rejection-can-make-you-more-creative-science-says

Self-Promotion Using Rubber Stamps! How easy!

My article about a clever campaign using rubber stamps that I wrote about for Technorati news was published last night as an exclusive. So I can’t repost the article here.

But you can read my article Ben Cohen’s Stamp Stampede: “Money’s Not Speech, Corporations Aren’t People!”

 on Technorati. It is a fun campaign with free ice cream and a fun and yes, legal money stamping campaign to spread the word!

Artists: Inside Info On How You Can Influence Online Arts Content

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I’m going to tell you how I get paid for the articles I write and publish. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you how I get paid. Even though I do that. The purpose of this post is to let you know that you have more control over online content than you think!

How can you exert control over online content?

If you’re like me, you’ve signed up to receive notices in your email inbox or RSS feed when your favorite online authors publish new articles on such sites as Mashable, Huffington Post Arts, Yahoo! Movies, and many others.

You may wonder how authors are paid for their ideas and time researching and writing these articles. The answer may surprise you!

As contributing writer for both Yahoo! and Technorati News I am paid a dollar amount each time someone clicks on a link within my published articles. Those clicks represent my click-through rate.

Who pays me?

Yahoo! pays based on click-through-rate on links within my Yahoo! articles. I also receive a much lesser amount based on the total number of reader views that my article receives. Yahoo! deposits payments into my PayPal account. Yahoo! also provides extensive analytics so I can track my readership and earnings, and via those stats I can easily see what articles and article topics are the most popular and what links receive the most clicks. (Of course I want to get paid for my work, so I consider these stats when planning future articles).

Technorati news has a similar set-up. Since they are closely linked to Google–with all Technorati news articles feeding into Google news–Google pays me. Google pays varying amounts for each click on links within my published Technorati news articles. I track those clicks, readership numbers, and payment amounts per article via my Google AdSense account. (Again, the more success an article brings the more l will want to write on that topic in future articles and promote those articles enthusiastically).

So you are probably thinking that for each article authors must receive hundreds or even thousands of dollars in total clicks–but that is just not the case!

While hundreds or even thousands of readers may read any given article online, the number of clicks on links within an article is generally quite low. This is frustrating to all authors of online articles–even top authors! “We all have that problem,” one top author told me when I asked about improving click-through rates.

Why do hundreds of people read online articles without clicking on those internal links? This phenomenon is something that many experts have analyzed and written about in numerous articles on click-through-rates. This payment structure I have described is why you often see sensationalized,  rather silly or limited value content online—the authors are hoping to find a gimmick that will make their content a hit so that it will go viral and they will receive a large number of click-throughs and high total payment.

So what does this mean to you?

Think about it. Now you better understand the secret to exerting control over what gets published online!  

If you have favorite online authors you’d like to keep around and support, then thoroughly review their articles and click on those article links of interest to see where they go! Share the articles you like best with others via email. Use the share features to post articles to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and other social media site and include comments on why you like the article. You are exerting control over online content with each click and share. With each click you are paying those authors who provide the information you like and value. Your clicks bring attention to those articles, and attention both to the authors and the content subjects.  Remember, Google is watching and analyzing those stats you generate when you click. Google pays authors for each click, so you can be sure that they pay attention to where their money goes. It’s easy to let Google know what you like and value with each click.

You the reader have more control over online content than you think! If you want Google to place more value on art related content then support those authors who write on the arts by clicking on those internal article links and sharing those articles widely.

Want more online articles on your own artworks published?

Authors of articles value a well written press release that provides the full details and includes jpeg images. ( I am glad to receive these from artists.) Now that you know that most authors of online articles do not receive an hourly rate of pay, you understand how important it is for you to provide full details in your press releases and keep your website Newsroom up to date.

One artist, who didn’t even have a blog or website, once told me–“you can go around and search the web for information about me”, when I asked him for a press release.  WRONG! If you don’t have time to write a press release, I don’t have free time to do that for you, and neither do other authors of online content. If you want to become the subject of more online articles, get more exposure and visibility for your art, then it is up to you to organize,  present and provide your information.

Artists and Arts Organizations may send their press releases to me, Marie Kazalia, via email, at: MarieKazalia@gmail.com

SAMPLE ARTICLE: Here is the link to one of my recently published Technorati articles containing artist news.

Art Movement: Cynical Realism

 

The painting above, by Fang Lijun is an example of Cynical Realism, a contemporary movement in Chinese painting that began in the 1990s in Beijing and has become one of the most popular Chinese contemporary art movements in mainland China. The art movement Cynical Realism arose through the pursuit of individual expression by Chinese artists that broke away from the collective mindset that existed since the Cultural Revolution. The major themes of Cynical Realism tend to focus on socio-political issues and events since Revolutionary China(1911) to the present, usually with a humorous and post-ironic take on a realist perspective and interpretation of transition that Chinese society has been through, from Communism to today’s modernization.

Examples of art associated with Cynical Realism include the “bald head” paintings of Fang Lijun, Liu Wei, and Yue Minjun. View more in the Museum of Chinese Contemporary Art on the web.

EmFem Artists Daily News Features Artist Marketing Resources blog post

Yesterday, Artist Marketing Resources blog made top news story under Technology heading in Em Fems Artists Daily –  Newspaper.  Em Fems is a Twitter feed that supports female artists working across all media. Follow EmFems on Twitter: @EmFems

Do You Agree That the Whitney Biennial Should Come to an End?

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The 2012 Whitney Biennial opens on Thursday. The Arts and Labor group of the Occupy Wall Street movement has published a letter demanding an end to the biannual survey show in 2014. The group objects to the revered exhibition because “it upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.”

Dear Whitney Museum of American Art,

We are Arts & Labor, a working group founded in conjunction with the New York General Assembly for #occupywallstreet. We are artists and interns, writers and educators, art handlers and designers, administrators, curators, assistants, and students dedicated to exposing and rectifying economic inequalities and exploitative working conditions in our fields through direct action and educational initiatives. We are writing to call for an end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014.

Read the letter in full here

What is behind the protest? One of the Whitney Biennial sponsors, a major auction house, has locked out art handlers who also lost their health care benefits while raking in hundreds of millions! The Whitney wrote and published an apology–read it here.

Whether you are concerned  or consider yourself *political* or not, the art world is changing and  it could be a good idea to keep abreast of changes.

The Guggenheim Museum’s 2 New Lines of House Paint

For artists who think that licensing their work is somehow wrong or too low brow an activity, consider what the Guggenheim has done to earn money.

They created two lines of house paint–Guggenheim Color by Fine Paints of Europe.

That’s right, the Guggenheim museum apparently found a way to earn a living selling house paint. I don’t know how the deal was set up, but perhaps it is an art licensing deal. Colors from the paintings in their collections–paintings by Van Gogh, Cezanne, Modigliani and others–are now manufactured in a new color line of house paints called Classical Colors.

For a second new paint line called Gallery Colors which contains 50 hues available in paint cans, the colors were inspired by colors used in Guggenheim exhibits and from the Frank Lloyd Wright designed museum building itself.

http://www.guggenheimcolorbyfpe.com/store/pc/home.asp

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Artists have long used house paints on their canvases. Now they can get Modigliani colors.

Blogger note: To find out more about licensing your artwork go here. For even more resources go here.

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Art World Etiquette at Openings

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Many artists have eccentric behavior. Sometimes this is charming and interesting for those dealing with the artists. There are also times when such eccentricities do not serve the artist in advancing his or her art career.

Some artists behaviors are extreme, and perhaps even counterproductive. In the print book How To Sell Art, by gallerist J. Jason Horejs, the author describes encounters with artists who rail at the wealthy–their very market of art buyers!

Save the rants and manifestos for the artist cafes. When you are showing and selling your art and talking to art collectors and art professionals that’s the time to behave like a business professional.

Read this 12 point list of Guidelines for Openings, an excerpt from the book I like your work: art and etiquette, by Andrew Berardini.

“A key aspect of career advancement is getting talked about,” and you want that talk to be positive. “You do what works best to get what you want done and that’s how the game is played.”– from an article on Art World Etiquette: http://www.artbusiness.com/osoqutstar.html

treasrz – new disrupting crowdboosting business model in the international art arena

My article was first published as Amplifying Crowdboosting in a Global Art Marketplace on Technorati. They allow me one reprint to my blog. Here is the article:

Amplifying Crowdboosting in a Global Art Marketplace

Everyone is familiar with the phenomenon crowdsourcing, but now a new site coming soon in beta is treasrz (pronounced treasures), a global crowdboosting art marketplace for artists, galleries and curating art lovers.

How does crowdboosting work? If you are an artist you can open an online art store to sell your artwork on the teasrz site. Crowdboosters can curate your art into their stores. Crowdboosters are art lovers that also open online art stores in order to promote and sell your art. This means that your art items can be listed in hundreds of stores so you are amplifying your online exposure and marketing activities tremendously. That’s the kicker. Your art items can be displayed and sold in hundreds of stores around the globe! You make the crowd your art agent.

The teasrz crowdboosting model is very attractive for artists because artists keep 90% of their sales. There is no price uplift on art items that are sold via crowdboosting stores. Crowdboosters split their sales commission 50/50 with treasrz—that is, a crowdbooster keeps 5% commission on sales and 90% goes to the artist and 5% to treasrz.


Artists pay $0.10 per artwork added to their stores and can include up to 5 images per artwork. Crowdboosted art items don’t have a listing fee so this makes it very attractive for crowdboosters to curate and sell their favorite art items and support artists. There will also be features that allow crowdboosters to request or commission customized artworks for their stores!

The artist is responsible for adding the shipping costs, credit card fees and all other cost incurred into the buyer’s final sales price.

During the beta launch, treasrz will also come out with mobile apps for the iphone, ipad and android including all the social sharing and friend invite functions.

People can sign up at www.treasrz.com for the beta program and receive free listings for life!

The enormity of this site, increasing excitement among artists, the passion the founders of this site have for this unique business model, along with the world-class designer they’ve partnered with are all sure indications that treasrz is the next big thing advancing toward us on the horizon.

Stars and Cars: Jimi Hendrix with His Corvette Stingray, Paul Newman with His Racing Datsun, Steve McQueen and the Bullit Mustang

Chris Osborne’s painting Paul Newman & #33 Bob Sharp Racing Datsun at Lime Rock Park will be featured in the next issue of Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car magazine.

Chris Osborne’s stars and cars art has been featured in other Hemmings magazines, including Hemmings Classic Car and Hemmings Muscle Machines.

      Chris Osborne in front of her painting James Dean and 1947 Mercury

Artist Chris Osborne has had many associations with the celebrities she paints, such as Bo Diddley, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Jimi Hendrix.

Bo Diddley and his ’57 Chevy, by Chris Osborne

Bo Diddley

Chris Osborne developed her idea to paint portraits of celebrities with their cars after a 1988 photo shoot with Bo Diddley at a rehearsal studio in New York City.  Because of her friendship with Deb Hastings, Bo Diddley’s bass player, Osborne had many opportunities to hang out with the band. Eventually Osborne asked Bo Diddley if she could take some photos of him for a painted portrait.  “He sat on a couch, holding his guitar in various ways. The photos were terrific,” she said. “As I browsed through them later I happened to read an article in a magazine that mentioned he had owned a 1957 Chevy back in the late 50’s early 60’s. He hauled the band equipment around in it as he toured in the early days. I was aware that the ’57 Chevy was a very significant car in automotive design history and thought it would be fun to paint him with one.  Bo was living in Florida at the time and I created the scene in reference to that.”

          Steve McQueen & 1968 Mustang GT, by Chris Osborne

Steve McQueen

In 1972 , Chris Osborne shared a Malibu beach house with her college friend Herb Ritts who would later become a top fashion and celebrity photographer. Ritts had grown up next door to the McQueen’s in Brentwood. One Sunday afternoon in Malibu, Ritts asked Osborne to take a long walk along the beach to visit friends up the coast.  “It was one of those sunny Southern California days at the Pacific Ocean, a great day to walk barefoot in the sand, just gorgeous to behold for this New England girl.  I’ll never forget approaching the house, knocking on the door, and Steve McQueen invited us in. Herb had kept it a surprise. Steve offered us a cocktail, and the men, along with young Chad (Steve’s son) went swimming, while Ali McGraw and I sat on the sand talking about art,” recalled Osborne.

Years later, as Chris Osborne developed an interest in portraits and the design elements of cars for her paintings, Steve McQueen and his Bullit Mustang became one of her subjects.  “Some people have asked me if during that visit I went to see the cars in his garage and I regret to say it wasn’t something I thought of on that day,” Osborne related.

Chris Osborne was delighted when Matt Stone, editor of Motor Trend magazine, asked to use her painting of Steve McQueen as the frontispiece to his book McQueen’s Machines: The Cars and Bikes of a Hollywood Icon.

“Matt Stone told me that when he and Chad do car events in California they sign copies of the book on “my” painting page,” said Osborne.

The original 30 x 46 inch acrylic painting of Jimi Hendrix and his 1969 Corvette Stingray was created by nationally award winning artist Chris Osborne and featured in a two page spread in Guitar Player magazine.

Jimi Hendrix

“The more facts I can gather when creating a painting, the more exciting it is for me,” said Chris Osborne. For her painting  Jimi Hendrix and his 1969 Corvette Stingray, Osborne added elements from her research, including the  his Fender Stratocaster, also known as the Jimi Hendrix Woodstock Guitar complete with Woodstock guitar strap.

“I placed Jimi and the car at the lovely Ashokan Reservoir at the foot of the Catskills near his house,” Osborne explained. “To add to the narrative quality of the painting, I read all of his song lyrics and I was drawn to some visual items that could be woven in, such as a line from Voodoo Chile: “set me on an eagle’s wing” and a line in Little Wing: “butterflies and zebras”.  This gave me an opportunity to make references in paint to the poetic nature of the musician.   And, by the way, I saw a bald eagle over Route 28 on my way to photograph the reservoir!”

First published on Technorati news: Stars and Cars: Jimi Hendrix with his Corvette Stringray, Paul Newman with His Racing Datsun, Steve McQueen and the Bullit Mustang, and Bo Diddley and a 1957 Chevy, by Marie Kazalia http://technorati.com/entertainment/celebrity/article/stars-and-cars-jimi-hendrix-with/

 

Latest Technorati Article and a glitch

R. Weis Excitable Audible Album Cover

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, sound artist R. Weis sent me his latest CD. After I listened to it, he sent his press release, and the jpegs of himself and his CD album cover I requested for my Technorati article.

I wrote my article and submitted it to Technorati news editors around midnight, expecting morning publication. The next morning the notice oddly absent. As the day progressed, I received no notice that my article had gone live. That afternoon, R. Weis emailed thanking me for the article. I hadn’t even known it had been published! I found my article and the noticed it had been published at 9:28 a.m., yet I had not received the automated email notice of publication.  I contacted the Technorati editors and received an immediate reply that they had experienced a glitch of two that morning.

Here is the article:

Sound Artist R. Weis Makes Music From Everyday Objects On New  EXCITABLE AUDIBLE CD

by Marie Kazalia for Technorati news

New iPad App Features the Work of Contemporary Video Artists

Art and Technology Intersect in New iPhone & iPad App That Streams Contemporary Video Art onto Home and Public Space TV Screens, article by Marie Kazalia published by Technorati news–here is the link to the full article: http://technorati.com/technology/article/art-and-technology-intersect-in-new/

Abstract Artists Site Working to Bring Exposure and Understanding to Hard To Approach Paintings

What does this painting mean to you?  How does it make you feel?

Many people have a hard time approaching abstract painting or dismiss such non-objective art as interior decor.

Jaison Cianelli, creator of Abstract Artist Gallery, stated that “the very nature of abstract art exemplifies creativity. It is hard to tell someone what is good about art and how to appreciate abstract art. Using three paintings, as examples, I can bring you through my own [appreciation] process.”

Harry Gruenert, Abstract 45, Acrylic on Wood and Canvas, 42 x 42 inches

“In Abstract 45 there is a split feeling created when the simple planes and limited use of color combine with the worn and weathered wooden panels. I am reminded of something that has lasted the test of time, made up of components that are different but all part of one. The violent vertical lines on the lower portion are straight up and down while the deep heavy horizontal line is bowing ever so slightly to separate the lighter open plane in the upper region, all a balancing act of space and movement. Overall, this is a work of powerful feeling where the minimalism suggests you simply take it into your senses and turn your brain off for a while,” Jaison Cianelli

Abstract artists explore their imaginations and express their minds using   intuitive senses to create what pleases him or her. “Often times, the abstract artist enjoys the pure creative expression in the present moment as if it were a form of meditation, shutting out the chatter of the mind and exploring the depths of the soul.” Abstract Artists Gallery, Understanding Abstract Art.


Paul Bennett Dawn Rising, Oil and Gloss on Canvas, 64cm X 64cm

“Taking a look at Paul Bennett’s Dawn Rising I am taken to a place. The first feeling I get is that of warmth and a little bit of excitement. I feel like there is a collision of land, sea, and sky elements. The golden tones make me feel safe. Something is going on that I want to be there for. There is a beauty in the turbulence or textured area. Now I start to see technique… there is the building of gradual layers from those light golden tones to the dark brown. The light from above seems to be cascading in. Everything is so fluid and well blended. The lighter areas have no texture while the darker areas have thick textured lines, which accentuates light and dark, and again more depth. The lower portion seems to be more worn, almost as if he painted it and then wiped away some paint, again reminding me of earth and water. That same blue green color is used ever so slightly in the upper right portion, which helps to balance the painting. Overall, the piece is beautiful and I enjoy the subtle reminders of nature.” Jaison Cianelli.

Eelco Maan, Sundance, Mixed Media on Canvas, 200 x 120 cm

“Ok, now taking a look at Eelco Maan’s Sundance– You have to imagine it’s fairly big at 200 cm or 78 inches wide. So I am basically engulfed by color– happy color. The form of color is surrounded by light so it reminds me of the sky and creates the feeling of atmosphere. It is so inviting, like walking on a cloud. Looking at technique, I notice how the color gradually falls off the canvas on all four sides. It makes the experience of whatever it is feel more real. Overall the blending and gradation of color is very good. It is right in between rough and smooth. The light in the center that is coming through is balancing the four corners and it is slightly off centered. There are dark spots and grey areas that accentuate the color. They are so important, without them the painting might seem boring. Even the grey is happy, with a slight tint of blue or purple, which happens to also be the complimentary color of the orange and yellow ochre. Overall, a well balanced happy and inviting force of color that is never forceful.” Jaison Cianelli

According to Cianelli, his Abstract Artist Gallery site, which is only four months old, is really an online portal he has quickly built up to a high Google ranking. “Out of over 25 billion websites that show up on Google for the term “abstract artists” we are already on the first page”, said Cianelli. “Reaching out online is fun right now. I really just want to build the website, market it effectively, and keep the creative energy and quality of artwork high so we can all help each other.”

Artworks on the Abstract Artist Gallery site include abstract photographs, digital works, and even abstract landscapes in an online community of one hundred artists gathered together to share and appreciate abstract artworks exclusively.

Article first published as Abstract Artists Site Working to Bring Exposure and Understanding to Hard To Approach Paintings on Technorati.

Guitar Player: Publicly Funded Film

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Guitar Player–A crowdfunded feature film

I was asked to write and post an article to help promote this Kickstarter project to raise funds for a film. The Director of this movie believes that the best way to share this information about his project is by asking bloggers to post about it.

Guitar Player is a feature film about a homeless street performer who has been given a second chance, but struggles with his painful past. Guitar Player is a film about why people do what they do. This film questions fate, destiny and redemption.

The funds to produce the movie Guitar Player are being raised in a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. There are many unique aspests to this film, the director, and the Kickstarter perks for those who kick-in. Some donors may be extras in the film Guitar Player, while others will be able to hang-out on the set, attend the Hollywood premier, or even see their names in the film credits as producers.

Half of all the profits from the film will go to help the homeless.

The film has already received many donations, but the goal must be met by October 21st.

All are invited to make a pledge to fund the film and get awards for their pledges.

How Audio Description Gives Blind *Viewers* Access to Movies, Live Dance and Museum Exhibitions, by Marie Kazalia

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How do the 25 million Americans who are blind or have low vision “see” a live dance performance, or experience a museum exhibition, or a movie?

According to Joel Snyder, in his recent Webinar, Audio Description, or AD, makes the arts accessible to audience members who are blind or have low vision. Snyder described AD as “a literary art form, a type of poetry–a haiku. Using as few words as possible, describers offer a verbal version of the visual–the visual is made verbal, and aural, and oral.”

For television or movies, an audio describer views and writes descriptions of the action and visuals, timed to be heard by the blind viewer between the lines of dialog and sound effects. The written descriptions are then recorded by voice over talent on an auxiliary sound track.

“For live performances, audience members who are blind or have limited vision use headset receivers to listen to a live describer reading program notes and describing sets and costumes before the show, then relaying the action (during pauses between dialogue) throughout the performance,” Snyder wrote in his article, AD-Listening to Movement, Joel Snyder, The International Journal of the Arts in Society.

Snyder began working with Audio Description 30 years ago, providing AD for performing arts groups, schools, museums, libraries.

“I often work with arts access for people with various difficulties,” Snyder stated, further explaining that his principal area of expertise is Audio Description. “Over 30 states and about 30 countries now have Audio Description,” according to Snyder, who calls for more audio options on DVDs for movies.

In his webinar presentation, Snyder spoke of how the motto of an Audio Describer is: “what you see is what you say”. In that the importance of vivid descriptions for allows listeners to form mental images and create their own meaning from the specific words used. AD should avoid interpretation. Rather than just telling what someone is doing in a movie, for instance, the AD track should describe how they are doing it. For instance, in many movies a film character may walk, yet the word walk does not convey the same information as the image of the person walking. So the describer must analyze expressive qualities, attitudes and movements of the character walking in the film.

For AD narration of a live dance piece, much is “unsaid in order to focus on communicating mood, theme and choreographic structure, while leaving aural space for the impact of the musical score,”  Snyder wrote.

Article first published as How Audio Description Gives Blind “Viewers” Access to Movies, Live Dance and Museum Exhibitions on Technorati.

Anti-Bullying Art Exhibition Online

Victims of bullying share their art on You Will Rise site

The You Will Rise Project site (http://youwillriseproject.com), launched last April by artists Linda Regula and Paul Richmond, has almost 200 posts dedicated to giving the victims of bullying a voice through their art. The site is accepting ongoing submissions with no deadlines, and those wishing to remain anonymous can do so.

“People of all ages and backgrounds are invited to submit work whenever they are ready, and we try to update content every day,” said Paul Richmond. “We want people to visit our site, connect with the powerful work they see, and know that if they come back tomorrow they’re going to see something new.”

Richmond recalls one of the first submissions the site received, and that set the tone for this project, was from a mural painter named Adam Crum who had included photos of his paintings along with the simple statement, “These and hundreds of my other paintings would not exist if my parents hadn’t found me after I attempted suicide.”

“We’ve heard from many people that the site has helped them realize they are not alone. The artists themselves often write to thank us for valuing their work enough to include it in the project”, said Richmond.

Paul and Linda themselves were victims of bullying in their childhood, so can easily empathize with the emotions behind these artworks.

“As a victim of childhood bullying, I turned bullies’ words and even physical injuries into MY truth, (just as many children do).  It took me a long time to understand what bullies said, and did, had nothing to do with me…and by discovering a creative outlet, I learned how not to be a victim,” Linda said.

Even the colorful You Will Rise Project logo is a painting of a phoenix rising from the ashes, created by Linda as an adult response to a damaging childhood experience.  The logo art is available on T-Shirts (http://youwillriseproject.spreadshirt.com/) sold as a fundraiser to help fund the site and future outreach projects.

Both Paul and Linda would like to see these artworks hang in physical exhibits, even travel nationwide shows to schools, colleges and galleries where authors would read their poetry and short stories. There could be workshops, collaborations, and even a book at some point. A number of organizations have already contacted Paul and Linda expressing interest in helping them bring this message to a wider audience.

Article first published as Anti-Bullying Art Exhibition Online on Technorati.